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At Lane End Primary School, reading is taught in a variety of ways to ensure children acquire the breadth of skills needed to develop a love for reading.

Individual Reading Books

Each child has a reading book to take home from our reading scheme which is banded according to book band stages. Each of these stages are graded by colour and the children are encouraged to read a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays.

This table shows the year groups that each band relates to. The Phonics phases 1-6 have also been shown to indicate how they relate to the Key Stage 1 year groups.

Reading Bands(1)

Children should be able to read these books with approximately 95% accuracy to develop their fluency and confidence.

Children are initially taught to use phonics as the main strategy for decoding words and so will initially take home letter sounds to learn. This will then progress to learning a range of common words by sight (high frequency words). Once children are confident with their sounds and some words, they will then be given a book to take home from the reading scheme.

Guided Reading

Principles of Guided Reading

The key difference between hearing individual readers and using guided reading sessions is that Guided Reading is very much focused on the teaching of reading skills within word, sentence and text level. At Lane End Primary School, we teach whole-class guided reading sessions.

At KS1 the focus is more towards decoding, understanding how different genres of books work and reading words within a sentence. At KS2, the focus shifts more towards comprehension and developing higher order reading skills across a range of genres.

In KS1, each guided reading session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

In KS2, each guided reading session lasts approximately 45 minutes. 

Lessons are divided into four parts and follow the structure below:

Part 1: Teacher reads to class, modelling expression and inference.

Part 2:  Children read the text out loud.

Part 3:  Children read independently.

Part 4:  Challenge!  Children apply their learning to differentiated tasks.  

Within each part of the lesson, the children will be challenged to a variety of activities which will help to develop retrieval, inference and deduction skills.  This may include:

  • Quick-fire 'Find and Copy'
  • Vocabulary checker
  • Ordering events
  • True or false 
  • Fact or opinion
  • PEA paragraphs

Shared Reading

This activity takes place throughout the day and across a range of subjects in the curriculum. A wide range of texts are shared with the whole class which is usually above the reading level of the children. The class teacher models using the reading skills that are taught in guided reading to reinforce and give purpose to the children’s learning.

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